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DON SOIFER

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DON SOIFER

TITLE 

President

ORGANIZATION

Nevada Action for School Options

BIOGRAPHY

Don Soifer is president of Nevada Action for School Options, a nonprofit organization he founded to support the growth of diverse choices of rich, high-quality and personalized educational opportunities for all students. Most recently, he has led the creation and advancement of microschooling initiatives that advance learning opportunities equitably and measurably.

Don serves on the Nevada State Public Charter School Authority. He previously was
vice chair and three-term board member of the District of Columbia Public Charter School Board. In both roles he prioritized advancing quality of educational opportunity for all learners by pushing the envelope on what charter school authorizing is capable of.

He co-founded the Lexington Institute, a public policy think tank in Arlington, Virginia, working as its executive vice president from 1998-2017. At Lexington, Don directed all domestic public-policy programs, including education, energy and logistics, and supervised the nonprofit’s finances. He created the Lexington Education Leadership Awards fellowship, the first national fellowship for school district leaders focused on transitioning their districts to personalized learning instructional models. Don has also worked as a strategic and communications consultant for government, nonprofit and private (including Fortune 100) clients.

The author of hundreds of widely-cited articles and studies, Don has presented policy testimony to official legislative and agency proceedings at all levels of government, including participating as an original member of the Congressionally-created State Department Advisory Committee on International Postal and Delivery Services. Don has served on the boards of several public charter schools around the country. He is a graduate of Colgate University.